In 1995 year a comprehensive WWW site for Congress called THOMAS: Legislative Information on the Internethas been established by the Library of Congress. THOMAS features on-line keyword searches of current legislation, as well as directories of members and much more.
Part of the inspiration for improving electronic access to the Federal government has come from the National Performance Review led by Vice President Al Gore. For more information on NPR you can visit VP Gore's Reinvention Toolkit. Leading the effort is the National Information Infrastructure (NII) initiative. NII has mandated that agencies increase the availability of electronic data and information on the Internet. One of the key programs in this initiative is the Government Information Locator Service (GILS). The goal of GILS is to provide both the public and agencies with a catalog to information and data collected and stored by the Federal government. NARA has been active in the development of implementation guidelines for GILS. Many of NARA's information resources are available through theNARA GILS server.
For those trying to locate specific agencies or services, Fedworld is a very helpful site. Fedworld has lin ks to most of the Internet sites maintained by the Federal government indexed by subject. You can also find reports and technical information available through the Federal government at this site maintained by the National Technical Information Service.
For physical access to U.S. District Court cases, bankruptcy, civil or criminal you might need to visit one of NARA's Federal Records Centers as the Federal courts store many of their records at these re gional records centers. This link will take you to a geographical listing of the centers and the information on court records will be under the title "Services for the General Public."